Police warn of text message scam offering ‘Canada Relief Funds’

RCMP posts list of potential frauds related to Covid-19

A lot of Canadians are anxious to get their hands on money the federal and provincial governments are offering to help them get through the Covid-19 Crisis – much of it not available until April.

Which is why you need to look the other way if you get a text message saying Canada Relief funds have been deposited into your account.

They haven’t been.

It’s a scam.

And if you click on the link you’re likely to have even less money to help you get through the coming weeks and months.

The RCMP say fraudsters are also posing as:

  • Cleaning or heating companies
    • offering duct cleaning services or air filters to protect from COVID-19
  • Local and provincial hydro/electrical power companies
    • threatening to disconnect your power for non-payment
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization
    • offering fake lists for sale of COVID-19 infected people in your neighbourhood
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
    • giving false results saying you have been tested positive for COVID-19
    • tricking you into confirming your health card and credit card numbers for a prescription
  • Red Cross and other known charities
    • offering free medical products (e.g. masks) for a donation
  • Government departments
    • sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails
    • tricking you into opening malicious attachments
    • tricking you to reveal sensitive personal and financial details
  • Financial advisors
    • pressuring people to invest in hot new stocks related to the disease
    • offering financial aid and/or loans to help you get through the shutdowns
  • Door-to-door salespeople
    • selling household decontamination services
  • Private companies
    • offering fast COVID-19 tests for sale
      • Only health care providers can perform the tests
      • No other tests are genuine or guaranteed to provide accurate results
    • selling fraudulent products that claim to treat or prevent the disease
      • Unapproved drugs threaten public health and violate federal laws